In the latest example of an Internet meme failing to penetrate mainstream culture, Keyboard Cat fell flat in its role as the new ‘playing off’ music during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards.
“What’s the fucking deal with the cat?,” asked Melissa Leo, winner of the best supporting actress category, dropping yet another F-bomb after the show.
A brief warning clip of Keyboard Cat appeared to TV audiences whenever a speaker went over the allotted time, followed by another brief clip a few seconds later, followed of course by the cat playing its famous tune as the speaker hurried off the stage.
“I don’t get it,” said Jake Gyllenhaal. “Is it like an Internet thing?”
Several award-winners were hit by Keyboard Cat, including Aaron Sorkin, Tom Hooper, and Natalie Portman. Christian Bale’s campaign of terror against technical staff saved him from the cat, even though he too went over on time.
“It was all James’ idea,” said Anne Hathaway, referring to her co-host James Franco’s insistence that the cat be used.
“He reads way too much Reddit.”
When reached for comment, Franco drunkenly lashed out.
“You think I want to– the cat was a great idea,” said Franco, wildly gesturing towards guests at an afterparty. “Your faces weren’t. A good idea, I mean. They weren’t.”
Franco compared attending the afterparty to Aron Ralston’s harrowing Utah canyoneering experience, and then passed out on a couch.
Oscar representatives have confirmed that Keyboard Cat and Autotune will not be returning next year. No comment was given on the Tay Zonday hosting rumors.